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Taiwan’s Politics are Growing Up

The bad news about next year’s presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan is that concern over corruption is likely to take center stage – ironically this is also the good n... Read More...
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Taiwan’s Weak Diplomatic Hand

See also A Newly Diplomatic China Courts the World On June 12, a 53-year-old man in a dark suit shook US President George Bush’s hand on a lawn outside the US Congress in Washington. &ldq... Read More...
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Beijing and Taipei Drop the Torch

The next victim of the delicate politics of nationalist sentiment in Taiwan may be the island’s participation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. With Beijing in a constant lather over the resurgent nationalism of President Chen Shui-bian’s government... Read More...
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Taiwan’s Year of Electoral Tumult

Taiwan’s wild electoral process is set to become even more tumultuous, with five candidates already declared for president a year in advance of next March’s polls and corruption charges swirlin... Read More...
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End of the Line for Taiwan’s Political Star?

It was a scenario devoutly to be hoped for come Taiwan’s March 2008 presidential election ‑  Kuomintang candidate Ma Ying-jeou winning comfortably and taking office as a savvy, cosmopolitan leader who ends the threat of war with China and... Read More...
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Taiwan’s Golden Boy Could be History

If anybody ought to benefit from the indictment of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian’s wife’s slush funds scandal, it should be Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou, who as the main opposition candid... Read More...
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Taiwan’s Two Steps Forward, One Back Democracy

In a Taipei convenience store, five female students are buying crisps and Coca-Cola. Who is paying, one asks. Giggling, three reply with one voice: “special state funds, of course”. The joke is tinged with irritation that their president, Chen ... Read More...
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Of mangoes and mistresses

Lin Bing-huang looked glumly down the street outside the Ocean Hotel he owns in downtown Hualien. “From Monday to Friday I have few guests. We could fill the hotel with more mainlanders – b... Read More...